I'm sure I'll have to be shoveling the backyard her whole life, I've had a Doxie before and the 2" ground clearance doesn't work well in the snow.
Maybe once she gets to full size I could do a pattern all around but for now I'm ribbing half (2x2) so they will fit longer. Color work is new to me so I'm sure I would destroy the stretch if I tried it in ribbing.
However I can do double knitting with ribbing and do the same type of color work, but that's something else I would want to wait for the final size with.
The first two took me about a day to make, and about a day for her to grow out of with the first one. Now they're taking almost a week, but I'm also ahead with this one and hope it lasts through winter.